Updates

  • 12/4/2021

  • Added Westfield, MA - Web Cam by Boston & Maine Live

  • 11/25/2021

  • If you're on the old legacy app (v2.5/2.6) then you'll start receiving a message to upgrade to the new app when attempting to submit a new report.  This is because the old app is officially deprecated and can no longer meet the new requirements of the system.  Upgrading is easy, just pop into the Google Play or Apple App store, find the Heritage Units app and click update.  

    Please note that 95% of devices are already running the latest version 3.x version.   

    Note if you're one of the handful of users running an Android OS version < 7.0 then you're in a pickle as I can't provide support for these devices due to the age of the Android operating system.  Technically you're still using the HU app v2.2 which is crazy old....  I highly recommend looking into purchasing a new phone (don't do it for HU app... do it for your own security as your android OS isn't updating with security patches like the new Android OS). 

    Brian =) 


  • 11/23/2021

  • (iOS/Android) - 3.6 Released


    Changes
    -----------------------------------
    (iOS/Android) - Added ability to upload photos
    (iOS/Android) - Pull down refresh on home page
    (iOS/Android) - Sub Division Railroad list now sorts correctly
    (iOS) - Fixed a zoom issue on sub division maps when screen initially loaded
    (iOS) - Fixed issue with personalized ads initialization
    (Android) - Fixed Google Play Subscriptions where after the first renewal it could appear expired.  


    Please note that their may be a delay with iOS app store release as Apple is backlogged with app reviews during the holiday week.  

    Brian =)

  • 11/22/2021

  • Pere Marquette 1225 will be running between November 20th to December 19th.    Details can be found at https://www.michigansteamtrain.com/tickets-reservations

  • Added Lexington, KY Web Camera (hosted by Berkshire Trains)

  • 11/18/2021

  • Added 2 web cameras

    • Wyanet, IL
    • Rochelle, IL (VirtualRailfan)

  • 11/16/2021

  • The majority of the BNSF sub divisions have been loaded into the system.  This is mainly the milepost data with many more enhancements to come. 

    Note that sub division data can only be viewed via the mobile apps. 

    Brian =)

  • 11/15/2021

  • Added 5 web cameras within Iowa hosted by Steel-Highway.com


    • Washington, Iowa
    • Cedar Falls, Iowa
    • Muscatine, Iowa
    • Belle Plaine, Iowa
    • Iowa Falls, Iowa


  • 11/9/2021

  • (iOS 3.4) & (Android 3.5) Released


    • (iOS/Android) Prefill prompted even if no locomotives where selected
    • (iOS/Android) Styling tweaks on reporting view
    • (iOS/Android) Fixed map pinch/zoom issue when viewing sub division
    • (Android) - Fixed issue with notifications
    • (Android) - Added battery optimization notification on settings screen 


    Next release will be 3.6 (iOS/Android)


    • Adding pull down refresh on the home page
    • Sub division search page, railroad drop down list will sort correctly
    • More items to come


    Brian =)

  • 11/8/2021

  • (iOS/Android) - 3.3 Released

    • (iOS) Fixed sporadic scroll on user's report history
    • (iOS) Fixed application failed to load on iOS 12.0 or older 

    If you wish to have the latest reports display on your home page.  Go to "More" > "Settings" and enable latest reports within the settings (near bottom)

    Brian =)

  • 11/5/2021

  • Added/renumbered CSXT3 in B&O Heritage. 

  • 11/4/2021

  • Added - CP8781 - Hapag-Lloyd - Saint John Express
  • 11/2/2021

  • (iOS/Android) - 3.2 Released

    • Fixed issue where viewing a photo from search list going back it would reset the search
    • Fixed sort of railroad filter on the latest reports screen.
    • Clicking a link in the news will now open within the native browser

    If you wish to have the latest reports display on your home page.  Go to "More" > "Settings" and enable latest reports within the settings (near bottom)

    Brian =)

  • 10/30/2021

  • Added Web Cam - Fort Lauderdale, FL along FEC (Owned by Marine Industries Association of South Florida)

  • 10/28/2021

  • Complete rewrite of the Heritage Units iOS app is finally released and will be rolled out over the next week. Apologies for the delay but the new iOS 15 operating system roll out required a few code changes.  All functionality that was in the Android app will be available within the iOS app (including notifications).       


    Please note that notifications work on the iOS background fetch event controlled by the operating system. Unlikely Android where the application is allowed to check the server every "x" minutes (consistent behavior).  iOS operating system determines when notifications will be checked and is usually tied to user behavior and app usage


    Update 10/28/2021 - A few small bugs have already been found with the new app (3.0.70).  Related to erratic scrolling on the current reports, near by pages and where it appears the settings page is not recalling the last setting values.  All these items have been fixed and are getting queued up in the Apple Store.  When released the version # will be 3.1.71 or higher


    Brian =)

     

  • 10/25/2021

  • Amtrak 406 is back in service and reporting is enabled

  • 10/18/2021

  • Removed - BNSF 1770 - ATSF Bluebonnet - Repainted

  • 10/17/2021

  • Added - AMTK197 - Big Game Train.  Please note this locomotive was in an accident yesterday.  The dramatic video can be seen at this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03NkGLVbQLA

  • 10/16/2021

  • Added 2 new web cameras to the database

    • Railstream.net - Marion, OH
    • Boston & Maine Live - Greenville, ME

  • 10/3/2021

  • Removed - FEC 104-107 - Florida East Coast Paint

  • Added Tehachapi Live Train Cams to the web camera database.

    Updated a handful of VRF YouTube links

  • 9/29/2021

  • Added - CP8757 - Every Child Matters
  • 9/17/2021

  • Amtrak 160 is out of the paint shop.  Link to Amtrak's twitter announcement

  • Added new Springfield, MA web cam

  • Added new Muscatine, IA web cam

  • NS 1074 is now reportable again as it's been spotted outside of Altoona, PA

  • 9/13/2021

  • Release of Android 3.0.61 - Released 9/12/2021

    • Performance Improvements

    I'm also actively working on the iOS version which is currently in testing and still on schedule for end of September pending no surprises arise.

    Brian =)

  • 8/31/2021

  • Android Version 3.0.56 - Released 8/31/2021


    • Ability to unmask password on login/registration. This will allow you to copy/paste complex passwords.
    • Can now search for sub divisions around your device (More > Sub Divisions > Map Icon top right)
    • Numerous small bugs/tweak

  • 8/29/2021

  • NKP 765 is now reportable again 

  • 8/26/2021

  • Android Release 3.0.54


    • Home Screen added Latest Reports (must be turned on in settings)
    • Web cams are now searchable when submitting a new report
    • Report Submission, fixed an issue with prefill

  • 8/25/2021

  • If you updated to the new HU android app (Android 8.1 or older) and received an object reference error or the application is failing to load.  I've developed fix for this issue (3.0.53) and will be publishing it to the store later today.

    Brian =)
    HeritageUnits.com - Founder / Developer

  • I've released the Heritage Units Android App (3.0) to the play store.   

    • If you have a fatal issue where the application won't run please contact me at the support link (https://www.heritageunits.com/main/contact) and please be detailed to the issue that is occurring.  I will likely respond asking for screenshots if it's an error that I'm not a aware of as this will assist with faster resolutions.  Please be patient as I'll try to resolve any issues as fast as possible.  Note that application has been available for 48 hours and many folks are already updated to 3.0 and are using it to report locomotives. 
       
    • If you're running Android phone with the operating system (4.0 / 5.0) - Less than 0.6% of users.  Note that you're a rare bird and I still have the legacy version out there FOR NOW...  but it will be removed before 2022.  My recommendation is that it's time to upgrade your phone.    

      • If you're running Android phone with the operating systems (6.0 / 7.0) - Less than 4% of users .  Please note that these operating systems support is running thin and thus you may receive errors and I'll attempt to resolve them but I can't provide any guarantees.  Just like the 4.0/5.0 operating systems, it's recommended that phone upgrade be in your future.
         

      Brian
      HeritageUnits.com - Founder / Developer

    • 8/22/2021

    • New Web Cam - Washington, IA

    • Added new web cam for Cinncinati, OH.  Note that camera does change directions but when faced east it will see the trains entering/leaving Cincinnati. 

    • 8/21/2021

    • New mobile apps are on the way... 

      These are 100% complete rewrites of the current version and address many issues the plagued the old one.  Below are a couple notes about the releases and their planned release dates.

      • Complete new UI experience.  
      • Fixed issues requiring frequent logins (note you will need a new fresh login with this new app)
      • Time zone issues when submitting reports
      • You can now set the leading locomotive if it's not a tracked unit.  In the current version you could only state "other" or select one of the reported locomotives.
      • Sub divisions / mile posts are now available.  We're actively building our database so this is experimental but will include radio frequencies, detector locations, etc... 
      • If a sub division is selected during a report, the train direction should match timetable directions (N/S or E/W) for the sub division.  We know some are confusing so we provide helpers per division.
      • Notifications within the app of when a locomotive matches your near by settings.
      • Many more...


      Rollout

      • Android app should start a staged rollout next week pending no issues arise during our final testing.
      • Apple app should follow right behind with a mid- to-late September rollout.


      Not included (but coming very soon...)

      • Photo uploads


      Brian =)
      HeritageUnits.com - Founder / Developer

    • Removed - KCS 2809 - KCS Grey
    • Removed - KCS 2844 - KCS Grey
    • Removed - KCS 2029 - KCS Grey
    • 8/14/2021

    • Updated the North East, PA web cam URL and set the owner to Lake Shore Railway Museum

    • 8/5/2021

    • Removed  (repainted) - BNSF 1608 - ATSF Bluebonnet

    • 8/2/2021

    • Added BNSF1594 (BN Paint)

    • 7/26/2021

    • Added Palmer, MA Web Cam by Boston and Maine Live

    • 7/25/2021

    • Added AMTK108 (Phase VI)

    • Added AMTK160 (Dash 8 Phase III)

    • 7/23/2021

    • Reactivated BNSF 9407

    • 7/16/2021

    • Added - BBLE862 (DMIR Paint)

    • 7/8/2021

    • Added VirtualRailfan.com Web Camera - Spartanburg, SC

    • 7/7/2021

    • Added Railstream.net Web Camera - Atlanta, GA

    • 6/30/2021

    • Added - AMTK301 - Day 1 - 50th Anniversary

    • 6/28/2021

    • Removed - MNCR126 - New Haven

    • 6/18/2021

    • Added - BNSF1787 - BN Paint

    • 6/14/2021

    • Removed - KCS 2972 - KCS Grey

    • CSX has officially renumbered CSXT1 (Spirit of WV) to CSXT173.   Note that we renumbered the locomotive last week due to CSXT1 (B&O Scheme) venturing out on the OCS. 

    • 6/9/2021

    • Removed - UP 4141 - George HW Bush
    • CSXT1 & 2 - B&O Heritage Scheme locomotives are available for reporting.

    • 6/4/2021

    • Unlocked NS 8098 (Conrail) for reporting

    • 5/29/2021

    • Added Rocky Mount, NC web cam

    • 5/28/2021

    • Added Oklahoma City, OK web cam

    • Added - IHB3800 - Salute our Troops - Note that notifications are disabled on this unit due to it's limited range

    • 5/27/2021

    • Removed - KCS 4023 - KCS Grey
    • 5/24/2021

    • Added - AMTK161 - Phase I - 50th Anniversary
    • NW611 is enabled for reporting

    • 5/21/2021

    • We've received word about the new CSX1 (F40PH in B&O Scheme).  We're holding on changes until we receive confirmation that CSXT1 (Spirit of WV) is officially renumbered and confirmed.   This is to avoid confusion and reporting the wrong locomotive.

    • 5/19/2021

    • Added Belle Plaine, NE web cam (thanks T. Hogan)
      Added Fostoria, OH (thanks A. Wenger)

    • 5/17/2021

    • Updated link to new Roanoke web camera and updated the link to Hotel Roanoke Rail cam.   Many thanks Bruce P. for the email!

    • 5/1/2021

    • As of 5/1/2021 we've officially deprecated SMS notifications due to lack of utilization and costly to maintain.   Please note that we'll have push notifications coming to our mobile apps. 

    • Added - CSXT124 - Clinchfield Emblem
    • 5/3/2021

    • Added - MNA7000 - BN Paint
    • Added - MNA8055 - BN Paint
    • Removed - KYLE 9333 - SP Paint
    • Added - Metra North Commuter Units in New Haven paint (P32AC-DM #228-231 and BL20GH 126-127, 129-130).  

      Please note that we don't send out notifications for units in regular commuter service. 

    • Removed - PRLX 249 - ATSF Warbonnet
    • 4/26/2021

    • Added - AMTK100 - Midnight Blue 50th Anniversary
    • 4/23/2021

    • Added - UP1979 - We Are One
    • 4/22/2021

    • We've unlocked NW611 in preparation for its move in May.

      https://www.strasburgrailroad.com/611-at-strasburg/

    • 4/17/2021

    • Fixed an issue where the server was failing to send out emails during registrations / forgot passwords.   If you registered your account between 4/12/2021 8PM EST to 4/16/2021 8PM EST you likely didn't receive an email.  

      Please visit the profile page to generate another email verification link (link)

    • 4/16/2021

    • Removed - BNSF 2186 - BN Paint
    • Removed - BNSF 2112 - BN Paint
    • Removed - BNSF 557 - BNSF Warbonnet
    • Added - WE7023 - 30th Anniversary

    • 4/14/2021

    • Removed - NS 9250 - Operation Lifesaver
    • Removed - NS 9255 - Operation Lifesaver
    • Removed - NS 9254 - Operation Lifesaver
    • Removed - NS 9252 - Operation Lifesaver
    • Added - CSXT3173 - PL&E Sticker
    • Added - CSXT439 - Spirit of Birmingham
    • Added Cedar Fall, IA to the web cam map

    • 4/8/2021

    • Added - EMDX7216 - EMDX Yellow/White
    • 4/4/2021

    • Removed - NS 9256 - Operation Lifesaver
    • 4/3/2021

    • UP1995 reporting restrictions have been lifted. UP has placed the unit back in service as of yesterday. 

    • 3/31/2021

    • Removed - PRLX 247 - ATSF Warbonnet
    • Removed - PRLX 234 - ATSF Warbonnet
    • Removed - PRLX 2490 - ATSF Warbonnet
    • 3/30/2021

    • On the web site (Desktop View) we've added the ability to see the locations of web cams within the USA/Canada. Please contact us if there are missing.   This will be useful if trying to locate and track a Heritage Unit.   

      Also note that this is in preparation for our new mobile app which will ask specifically what camera you saw the locomotive at to assist with keeping reporting consistent. 

      HeritageUnits.com is not affiliated with these camera operators.  While some of these cameras are free to view, others are not.  We do ask that you support each operator on their respective sites via a membership or donations.

      Brian =)
      HeritageUnits.com 

    • 3/29/2021

    • Added - BNSF1773 - ATSF Bluebonnet
    • Added - BNSF178 - ATSF Bluebonnet
    • 3/22/2021

    • Added - KCS2016 - KCS Grey
    • 3/18/2021

    • Added - KCS6092 - KCS Grey
    • Added - KCS2823 - KCS Grey

    • Added - KCS2033 - KCS Grey
    • 3/16/2021

    • Removed - BCOL 4643 - BC Rail Paint - Scrapped

    • 3/15/2021

    • Added - EMDX7241 - EMDX Black
    • Removed - BNSF 2723 - BN Paint
    • 3/11/2021

    • Added - BNSF2938 - BN Paint
    • 3/8/2021

    • Added  - Canadian Pacific's "Central, Maine & Quebec" units

      • CMQ1002
      • CMQ1006
      • CMQ2001
      • CMQ2002
      • CMQ2003
      • CMQ2004
      • CMQ2006
      • CMQ3812
      • CMQ3816
      • CMQ3817
      • CMQ9004
      • CMQ9010
      • CMQ9011
      • CMQ9014
      • CMQ9017
      • CMQ9020
      • CMQ9021
      • CMQ9022
      • CMQ9023
      • CMQ9024

    • Removed - NS 3215 - 2014 NMRA - SOld to PRLX

    • Reactivated - NS3492 OLS as it's been spotted in numerous locations. 

    • 3/5/2021

    • Added - EMDX7236 - EMDX Black
    • Added - EMDX7235 - EMDX Black

    • Added - EMDX7240 - EMDX Black
    • Added - EMDX7242 - EMDX Black
    • 3/1/2021

    • Added - EMDX7217 - EMDX Yellow/White
    • 2/26/2021

    • Added - BNSF 1935 - BN Paint
    • 2/22/2021

    • Removed - NS 5303 - Operation Lifesaver
    • 2/15/2021

    • Reactivated CSX 911, 3194 and 1776.   Reportable on CSX Q410-14 to Selkirk, NY

    • 2/12/2021

    • Removed - KCS 2830 - KCS Grey
    • 2/6/2021

    • Removed - BNSF 2192 - ATSF Bluebonnet
    • Removed - BNSF 1614 - ATSF Bluebonnet
    • 2/5/2021

    • AMTK184 is now reportable again

    • Added - BNSF 2833 - BN Paint
    • 2/1/2021

    • Added - WSOR 4183 - 30th Anniversary
    • 1/26/2021

    • Added remaining KCS units in Grey.

      SD40-2

      • KCS 661 
      • KCS 3219

      GP38-2

      • KCS 1908 
      • KCS 1909
      • KCS 1915 
      • KCS 1921 
      • KCS 2004 
      • KCS 2014 
      • KCS 2022 
      • KCS 2023 
      • KCS 2029

      GP40-3

      • KCS 2809 
      • KCS 2830 
      • KCS 2841 
      • KCS 2844 
      • KCS 2846 
      • KCS 2898  
      • KCS 2964 
      • KCS 2972 

       GP40-2LW

      • KCS 2900 
      • KCS 2902 
      • KCS 2906 
      • KCS 2911
    • 1/24/2021

    • Removed - BNSF 2843 - ATSF Bluebonnet (Repainted)

    • Removed - BNSF 2831 - BN Paint (Repainted)

    • 1/22/2021

    • Added - KCS 2967 - KCS Grey

    • 1/21/2021

    • Added - KCSM 4520 - KCS Grey
    • 1/14/2021

    • Added - AMTK 46 - Connecting America for 50 Years
    • 1/11/2021

    • Removed - BNSF 193 - ATSF Bluebonnet - Repainted

    • Just resolved an issue with our password reset.  If you had troubles logging in after a password reset it's likely that your new password wasn't complex enough.  The password reset page wasn't displaying validation messages when a new password didn't meet the requirements.    This has been resolved at as of 1/10/2021 6:30PM EST.  

      There have also been a couple instances where a fellow user might accidently selected the wrong locomotive during a report.  For example; it's a locomotive on the east coast only but was reported on the west coast.  This could happen if the person was scrolling the locomotive selection screen and accidently tapped the wrong locomotive during a scroll.  For such a unique situation; we've added geo-fencing for handful of unique locomotives.

      Brian =)

    • 1/5/2021

    • Added - BNSF 3027 - BN Paint

    • 12/30/2020

    • Added - WSOR 4170 - 40th Anniversary
    • Our moderators now have the ability to update the leader status on a report.  Previously if a user made a mistake selecting the leader we would have to take it down.   Now our team can fix the mistake so the report can stay viewable.

      Brian =)

    • 12/28/2020

    • Removed - GTW 4926 - GTW Paint - Repainted

    • Added - GTW 5825 - GTW Paint
    • 12/27/2020

    • Removed - BNSF 1885 - ATSF Bluebonnet - Repainted

    • 12/26/2020

    • Added - BNSF 2700 - BN Paint
    • Fixed an issue where the "distance away" was displaying incorrectly on the latest location view on the mobile app.  This view was never designed to show the distance away and thus resulted in very confusing results. 

      Brian =)

    • 12/24/2020

    • The entire staff here at HeritageUnits.com wish everyone Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, & Happy New Year...

    • Added - MRL 4404 - Thank you to all essential workers
    • 12/22/2020

    • Added - GECX 3000 - Battery-Electric Demo Unit
    • Fixed a bug on the mobile (web) for locomotive list page. Was creating duplicate entries for the same categories.   Thanks J. Higgins for bring this to my attention.

      Brian =)

    • 12/17/2020

    • Fixed a bug where user favorites was not displaying within the apps (iOS/Android/Web).  Many thanks to Tom B. for bringing it to my attention.

      Brian =)

    • 12/14/2020

    • Removed - BNSF 2947 - ATSF Bluebonnet - Repainted

    • 12/13/2020

    • Added - GTW 5827 - GTW Paint
    • 12/12/2020

    • Removed - AMTK 189 - Big Game Train - Stickers removed 

    • 12/9/2020

    • Removed - BNSF 2949 - ATSF Bluebonnet - Repainted

    • 12/8/2020

    • Removed - BNSF 2939 - BN Paint - Repainted